Court packed as alleged killer cop appears

2012-02-20 22:24

Johannesburg - Student constable Sipho Mbatha, accused of shooting dead a teenager, appeared briefly in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Monday.

He will be back in court on February 27 for a bail application.

The State requested the postponement as there was an identity parade still to be conducted.

Mbatha, 41, was arrested on Friday for the murder of 16-year-old Thato Mokoka. He allegedly shot Mokoka at Braamfischerville Phase 2 on Tuesday.

There was a sense of expectation in the courtroom when he emerged from the holding cells.

"It is him," whispered one person in the courtroom when Mbatha stood in the dock.

The courtroom was packed to capacity with residents from Braamfischerville, mostly teenagers.

A court orderly queried several of them about their age, and a 14-year-old-boy was ordered to leave because children under 18 were not allowed to sit in the court.

A group of about 29 teenagers demonstrated outside the court.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-20 22:37

    They had better keep this docket under lock and key, it might grow feet and walk away.

      Francois - 2012-02-21 00:27

      @41 still a student? Does the country not have young and excellent youth trained by SADTU teachers? Or did he just take long to finish his basic training and then after 50 push ups they could not fail him anymore and gave him a gun? This problem is bigger than a trigger happy cop and even a trigger happy former commissioner. Zuma, your party led government is failing the very people you have tried to liberate and you are raping the principles which you so courageously fought for - it will all come to nothing if you do not stop the rot, starting with yourself, and I did not mean: "Take a shower."

      Sharon - 2012-02-21 07:43

      According to e-news he has been a student since February last year.

      soulink - 2012-02-21 08:40

      jah the dude was a reservist thats why at 41 he is still a student, life begins at 40 but for this oke hes gonna go on pension being a constable, lollll

  • Marcell - 2012-02-21 00:14

    Identity parade? Dead people can't talk. I think he should be given mob justice.

  • Kevin - 2012-02-21 06:11

    Watch the cops duck and dive. Life sentences for dirty cops should be the minimum and they should be placed in the same cell block as criminals they arrested. Its called justice.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-21 07:14

    How did they manage to recruit this obviously sadistical mentally unstable chap. How many others like him are in the ranks. I feel he has family connections in the upper ranks, this should be investigategated.

      Sharon - 2012-02-21 07:45

      Imagine the application form: Question - Are you mentally unstable and capable of killing someone in cold blood? Answer: Yes. YOU're HIRED!

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